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Pavilion at Richmond Park in Welsh gets a name

Posted at 8:28 PM, Jul 07, 2020

The Pavilion at Richmond Park in Welsh now has a name.

On Tuesday night, the council voted to dedicate the pavilion as the Cora Mae Gordan Vital Memorial Pavilion.

To make this dream into a reality, Michael Prudhomme set out pedaling pavement and collecting signatures on a petition. That petition was brought to the meeting, totaling 1,243 signatures.

Prudhomme was presented by the Mayor and Aldermen with the first "Key to the Town of Welsh", a Resolution signed by the Speaker of The House of Representatives and a Certificate of Recognition signed by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Cora Mae Gordan Vital was a woman Prudhomme calls a local hero. She was a former educator and lifelong resident of Welsh. She was known for writing eulogies, volunteering at local churches and teaching.

In an interview with Mayor Carolyn Louviere, she said of Vital, "She really helped a lot of children. I know that from times that I've talked to her as well as being involved in the community and so many things. I think Cora would be thrilled to death to know that this was named after her."

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